Hayfene embraces a 500 year old history. Being a family business since 1517, the brand’s story started in Taif – a city under Ottoman rule at the time. For around 300 years, the family actively continued trading between Egypt, Istanbul and Malatya. The spice business today was founded in 1886, and settled at a constant address in 1970s. That address was Mısır Çarşısı, aka. the world famous Spice Bazaar in Istanbul.
Today, the business in the historic “Çarşı” is still running, hosting hundreds of customers every day, while the 5th generation continuously adapts new ways to improve and expand the operations. I feel so lucky to be able to incorperate their spices and teas into Kahve Cafe! They have become my one stop shopping for all the things coming from Turkey. Not only have they sourced the best spices and teas, but they also have provided our copper pots and will be providing our turkish towels as well.
What the Hell does “Hayfene” mean?
“Hayfene” is a unique word from the local dialect of Malatya, at where the roots of the brand are. Briefly, it means “collective picnic”. When the children of a village or of a neighborhood knock all the doors and collect food from every house, bring them all together and create a big, diverse and colorful table, it is called “Hayfene”. This perfectly embodies all that I want to create with Kahve cafe: creating a collective community that gathers around food!
The ultimate passion of Hayfene brand is to create a community, where the food is in the center and people come together around it. The name itself represents this passion in a humble but cheerful way, and celebrates the bonding power, taste and culture of food.
Aren’t they just the perfect vendor for our spices and teas? I thought so too! I can’t wait for you to be able to taste all the magic that they have been able to provide! Soon, you will be able to find all our spices online and in our permanent location!